Food tours & cooking schools

Food tours & cooking schools

The best way to take the pulse of Sydney’s food scene? Well, go behind the scenes. This might be a cooking class with some of Australia’s most talented chefs. Or a backstage pass to breweries and distilleries to see how things are made. You can also justify all the food you’ll consume on tour to discover the city’s multicultural suburbs – you’re walking off the calories, after all.

Al Shami in Merrylands

Al Shami, Merrylands

Multicultural food tours

Sydney is not only Australia’s largest city, but also its most multicultural – you can eat your way around the world without leaving town. Join Gourmet Safaris for a tour of the Italian cuisine of Haberfield, the Turkish delights of Auburn or the best Lebanese in Punchbowl. Then find Indian, Balkan and Middle Eastern culinary heaven with Taste Cultural Food Tours, an organisation that provides training for migrants. And join Mia Cucina to visit Vietnam, China, Italy and Turkey in a mouthful. Meanwhile, Local Sauce Tours offers food-fuelled expeditions through Sydney’s Chinatown.

A variety of Asian hawker-style street food from Spice Alley, Chippendale

Spice Alley, Chippendale

Food tours around the city

Ultimately Sydney will caress your palate on a full-day expedition around the city’s most happening dining precincts, like Tramsheds in Glebe, The Canneryin Rosebery and Spice Alley in Chippendale. Or get your hands dirty with wild food expert Diego Bonetto on a foraging tour through the Inner West or Eastern Suburbs to pick edible and medicinal plants. You'll never look at a public park in the same way again.

Family apple picking at Shields Orchard - Bilpin

Shields Orchard, Bilpin

Take a self-guided culinary excursion along the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail on the edge of Sydney. You can pick your own oranges, apples or tomatoes at family-run orchards; taste gourmet goats’ cheese; and sip apple cider or boutique wines.

 

Brewery & distillery tours

Sydney’s streets are fast becoming home to more and more craft breweries. You’ll discover how they all unite on one of Dave’s Tours; the Hipster and Hops experience takes you to a handful of establishments across the Inner West, like Wayward, Batch and Young Henrys. Brookvale and Manly on the Northern Beaches are also hubs for breweries, like Nomad and 4 Pines, where you can glimpse the inner-workings of these oh-so-popular establishments, perhaps with a side of Tex Mex.

Couple enjoying beers at the 4 Pines Brewing Co. Truck Bar, Brookvale

4 Pines Truck Bar, Brookvale

Whether gin, whiskey, vodka or rum, small-batch spirit makers are also increasing in popularity. Tour the distillery at Archie Rose, then try your hand at blending gin. It’s remarkably easy (and fun). Or pop in to Poor Toms, where you can meet the team behind your Marrickville Martini in the Gin Hall. Manly Spirits Co offers distillery tours and gin school, teaching you how to blend botanicals. And you’ll rediscover good rum at Brix Distillers, where the distilling processes is demonstrated while you enjoy a sip or two of the house’s finest blends.

Cooking schools

While there’s nothing better than having someone prepare you a lavish meal, sometimes you need to take things into your own hands. Bonus: cooking classes not only teach you new skills, but you’ll walk away with a full belly. The Sydney Cooking School in Neutral Bay offers classes that tap into everything from Chinese dumplings and Spanish paella to French desserts. Then you can use the latest catch from the Sydney Fish Market at its on-site Sydney Seafood School, which runs classes hosted by some of Sydney's best chefs. This is the place to perfect your seafood barbecue skills or discover how to make sushi.

Learn the art of traditional Italian cooking at Pasta Emilia in Surry Hills or Cucina Italiana in Wahroonga on the North Shore. Because who doesn’t want to know how to make gnocchi?

Small group enjoying a cooking class at the Sydney Seafood school, Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Seafood School, Sydney Fish Market